I tried all of the modeling units: Line 6 (already had one), Johnson, Yamaha DG, Digitech (bought one - wish I hadn't) and Zoom. If anything happens to this I'll have to take Prozac! Thinking of getting a second tubeman for spare... just in case. If this unit had more than just one EQ section it would be too good to be true, so that would be nonsense, right? Nothing is perfect except for my wife (at least that's what she tells me). I do wish that H&K could work on channel 2 a little more but it is satisfactory as is. No head phone jack... awwww bummer. Hughes & Kettner makes great products. Ive had a few before and have always been satisfied in reliability and craftsmanship.
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
A 3 channel tube guitar preamp with 1/4" jacks for guitar input, preamp out (use with a power amp or guitar amp) and a mixer out with Red Box Pro integrated cabinet simulation. Channel 1 is clean with a Fender-ish tone, just one knob for control of this setting. Channel 2 is crunch which is kind of a Marshall tone, well close to those tube Marshalls that I have owned in the past. 2 can get pretty dirty but with the gain at 12 or 1 o'clock it's a great rhythym tone and back the gain down to around 8 and 9 o'clock yeilds a Vox AC30-ish clean. Channel 3 is Awesome! There is a hefty pallet of tones are available from the contour knob and gain out the ying-yang! At 12 o'clock the contour seems to be in nuetral. Move it to the left and it begins to behave as a hi-filter like the old Pro Co Rats had. Move the contour to the right and you get increased presense and resonance in the groove of a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier. Works great as a "live" preamp (been running into the effect return of a Marshall for the EL34's). Direct recording has been very inspirational with this new box since I have switched to it from a Line 6 AX2... Tubeman is the winner in amp tone hands down!
Use it for rock and pop but I can see that it is capable of any style... it's just GREAT TONE. As stated before; it beats using modeling amps for recording and it has been serving well for a live preamp. I'm going to add a Boogie 20/20 power amp instead of using the Marshall for power. Again, it's just for tone there is no effects on this unit unless distortion or warmth qualifies.
It's a no brainer to use... It may require a few hours to try different settings or either you could just get lost in the overwhelming sound, I'm not sure which is the case... I bought a Digitech RP 2000 the same day because I was afraid that I would miss the grease (FX) that I was used to having in the Line 6. The RP 2000 remains in it's box except if I want to use the tuner, hehehe.
Seems solid... Switches are noiseless... Only gripe is that it appears that replacing the tube may be a chore.
Amazing unit...get it if you want some serious tone....
Price: $230.00 Canadian
Where Obtained: Music store
This "stompbox" is the size of a phone book, but is incredibly light weight. It has a 12ax7 pre-amp tube in it, and has 3 channels. There are three 1/4" inputs in the back of it...they are: in, out, and out to mixer/pa system...
There are 10 knobs to adjust the sound with, 1 for the clean channel (volume), 2 for channel 2 (volume, gain) and 3 for the third channel (volume, gain and the unique "voicing" control"). There is also a 3 channel eq which is shared by all three channels, and finally a master volume control. It is a mono pedal.
I have a Randall 35 watt solid state amp, and because I hate the sound of a transistor amp, I had 2 choices: 1) Buy a tube amp, 2) find a really cool pedal that had a tube in it, that would warm up my sound a whole lot. I play a heavily customized Fender American Standard Strat, with Duncan single coil pick-ups (among other mods). I plugged it in at the store and I was immediately blown away by the sound quality. All tree channels sound great, but the real test was when I brought it home....I couldn't believe my ears....I had the warmth I wanted. The 12x7 tube gave my strat the glassy, Strat sound that I always wanted to hear coming from my amp but never had...I always had that "crazed weed-whacker" sound because I used a metal zone for the longest time. I love the tone on this thing...for a pedal, I think it stands alone with no equal, yet I would rather have a Marshall with its awesome sounding EL34's. ( I used to have a 900, but sold it). I found that at a lower volume setting there wasn't enough gain (yes, I'm a gain freak...) so I went and got a re-issure tube screamer, which fit in perfectly. There is a lot of noise if you turn up the gain on channel 3 past the 1 o'clock mark, but thats gain for you....
The knobs are a pain in my side along with other Tubeman owners. They are recessed at the top of the unit, and if ever, God forbid, a light should shine them at the right angle, the little white line that tells you your setting vanishes!!! :) This happens because the tops of the knobs are flat and "Polished" looking so the light relects off of them. The sound is amazing, but get ready to spend a little time dialing in a tone on channel 3, thanks to the voicing control. This is a control similar to the presence control with a touch of resonance, making it a little difficult to get used to. Nonetheless this unit is amazingly simple to use....the footswitches are super light to the touch, making switching channels almost effortless. The only problem I had was the input jacks are backwards....instead of being .......guitar----input----output---amp....ist guitar---output----input---amp.....this is a little bit of an inconveinience.
Built to last...its a German manufactureer so you know its quality.